For all who missed the services on Wednesday and Thursday, a video will be posted of the Wednesday service on Facebook, Google Plus or The Addison Bryan Foundation website as soon as possible.
Services will be held at Bay Leaf Baptist Church, 12200 Bayleaf Church Rd, Raleigh, NC 27614.
Visitation will begin at Noon on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 with Funeral Services beginning at 1:00 PM.
Graveside services will take place at 1:00 PM on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Cypress Creek Baptist Church, 1321 Old Fayetteville Rd., Garland, NC 28441.
Carter Funeral Home, Garland, NC
Addison Carolyn Bryan, born June 30, 2013, peacefully departed for her Heavenly home on February 14, 2015 following a lifelong battle with childhood brain cancer. Her final days were spent surrounded by her family and she gently passed from this earthly life wrapped in the loving arms of her Mommy, Daddy and Grandma.
Addison’s life was short, but her impact on the lives of others immeasurable. She never spoke a word, yet her voice resounded across the nation and the echo of that beautiful voice will never cease to be heard. Although her illness caused her to endure many painful procedures she possessed strength, perseverance and an ability to overcome incredible odds and physical challenges. With her courage, fortitude and amazing grace she taught us that each day is a blessing to be fully embraced.
With Addison’s passing we remind others that her life is one to be celebrated. Her infectious smile, bright eyes and amazing spirit captured the hearts of all who met her and touched us in ways we will never forget. Though we were never certain how long we would have with her, it was a privilege to have her in our lives for 19 months. We are eternally grateful for the beautiful and lasting memories that were created. She changed us all for the better and though we will miss her dearly she will remain forever alive in our hearts. Given the intensity of love she inspired in others it was only fitting that she chose to claim the day devoted to love as her own.
Addison is survived by her devoted parents, Benjamin and Hillary Bryan currently of Raleigh, NC; Maternal grandparents Lisa Cleaton of New Bern, NC and William Cleaton, Jr. of Charlotte, NC; Paternal grandparents Thomas Bryan and wife Denise of White Lake, NC; Great-grandparents Betty Modlin of New Bern, NC, Peggy Cleaton of Charlotte, NC and William and Barbara Cleaton of Concord, NC; Aunts and Uncles, Pam and Steph Fitzpatrick of Boise, ID, Melissa and Fred Gordon of Raleigh, NC, Stephanie and Paul Russo of Lake Worth, FL, John and Brooke Bryan of Asheboro, NC, Matt and Janet Bryan of Columbia, NC and Daniel Cleaton of New Bern, NC; and Cousins Mecala, Henry, Ethan, Ryan and Lilly Mae. She is predeceased by her Paternal Grandmother and namesake Mary Carolyn (Nancy) Bryan and her baby cousin John Thomas. In addition, she leaves behind many extended family members, friends, loved ones and faithful followers who have provided love and support for her and her parents and have enhanced the quality of life for everyone involved.
A special thanks to all of the doctors, nurses and other medical professionals that assisted in Addison’s care over the last 17 months. We have been blessed and are grateful for those who have shown compassion, commitment and have gone beyond the call of duty in order to ensure that Addison received the best medical care possible.
Funeral arrangements will be by Carter Funeral Home, Garland, NC. Services will be held at Bay Leaf Baptist Church, 12200 Bayleaf Church Rd, Raleigh, NC 27614. Visitation will begin at Noon on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 with Funeral Services beginning at 1:00 PM. Graveside services will take place at 1:00 PM on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Cypress Creek Baptist Church, 1321 Old Fayetteville Rd., Garland, NC 28441.
Flowers are welcome and may be sent to Bay Leaf Baptist Church, however donations may also be made to the Addison Bryan Foundation to aid other families dealing with Childhood Cancer. Please see www.addisonbryanfoundation.com for further details.
Please copy and paste this link in your browsers address bar to view the slideshow presented during the service or see the Prayers for Addison Facebook page for the link.